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High School Extra: South clinches another ECIC II title

They’re run is not quite up to the Patriots’ but Williamsville South seems to run off ECIC Division II championships with regularity.

Coach Gabe Michael’s Billies clinched a fourth straight division championship -- they shared the title with Amherst last year -- with Monday night’s 70-38 victory at Williamsville East.

The Flames, who are third in ECIC II, proved no match for South. The Billies built a 35-14 halftime lead in winning their 11th straight in the division this season. South is 16-3 overall.

Senior Greg Dolan led South with 24 points. Senior forward Cody Sanford had 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Patrick Ranallo was high scorer for East with 13 points.

Park tops St. Francis

Park, the No. 2 ranked large school in Western New York took care of a nemesis Monday night, with a 75-53 victory over visiting St. Francis.

The Pioneers lost all three games to the Red Raiders last season, including a semi-final in the Manhattan Cup playoffs of the Monsignor Martin Association. It cost Park a shot a champion Canisius in the championship game.

The key to the victory:

"We focused on making sure we went inside better today," said Park coach Rich Jacob. "We got a big game from our bigman."

Center John Orugon was not among his team’s scoring leaders but he dominated the paint with 15 rebounds go along with eight points.

"We had good balance," Jacob said, pointing to the fact that Daniel Scott (20), Brandin Smith(17) and Noah Hutchins (17) shared the scoring load. Hutchins also had seven assists.

"He’s our floor leader," Jacob said.

Park was coming off a big week in which it lost to No. 1 Canisius then came back with a win on Saturday with No. 1 small school Health Sciences.

Bo Sirieka had 13 points for St. Francis.

Canisius routs St. Joe’s

Canisius, meanwhile, went to St. Joe’s and hung one of the most one-sided defeats the Marauders have suffered on their home floor, 99-44. The Crusaders went to work, taking a 26-4 lead by the end of the first quarter.

Nicholas MacDonald had 19 points to lead Canisius. Jack Capen had 20 for St. Joe’s.

Elsewhere in Monsignor Martin play, Master Radford had 16 points and 15 rebounds to lead No. 5 ranked Bishop Timon-St. Jude over Nichols, 57-48. T.J. Banaszak had 16 points to lead the losing Vikings.

Small leads big win

It wasn’t a big game in the scheme of things, but it was a special victory for Middle Early College in Canisius Cup play among Buffalo Public Schools girls teams.

The Kats snapped a nine-game losing steak by edging Buffalo Arts, 48-47, for their third win of the season.

Middle College got a huge game from senior Tionna Small who had 20 points, 26 rebounds and six blocked shots.

Arts had won the first meeting between the tams, 36-22.

Talia Bush (21) and freshman Destiny Barber (19) accounted for all but 7 of Arts’ points.

Big finale for Brinker

ECIC III opponents will be happy to say good-bye to East Aurora’s Emma Brinker. The Blue Devils’ star played her final game in the division Monday night and went out in a big way. Brinker had 29 points and 17 rebounds with five blocked shots in a hard-earned 50-47 victory at Lake shore.

EA wrapped up its fourth division title in the last five seasons. Lake Shore won its last season and is tied for second now with Iroquois.

The Blue Devils trailed much of the way, tying the game midway through the fourth quarter on a three by Haley Potenza, her only basket of the game. They then took the lead on a layup by Sarah Tully.

Brinker had eight of her points in the fourth quarter.

Shawni Cornfield had 19 points and Lani Cornfield 16 for the Eagles.

Four Iroquois player scored in double-figures in the Chiefs’ 62-32 triumph over visiting Springville in ECIC II. Meghan Porzio led the parade with 19 points. Taylor Quinn and Riley Reidel had 13 points each and sophomore Sarah Wittek had 11.

Holland goes 14-0 in ECIC IV

Holland completed a perfect regular season in ECIC IV games, running the record to 14-0 with a 51-43 victory over Cleveland Hill. Senior center Cassidy Slocum led the Dutchwomen with 21 points. Holland ended the regular season 18-2 overall with losses to only Oakfield of Section VI in the Roy-Hart Tournament and No. 1 ranked small school Franklinville.

Swierski’s mark falls

Zamari Mitchell, a junior, scored 46 points in an 86-70 victory over Springville to break the West Seneca East single scoring record of 44. The previous record was set 32 years ago by Chuck Swierski, who went on to play at Buffalo State. Swierski is the boys varsity coach at Williamsville North.

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